For Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, the timing—and music—were right.
As fans well know of the Hollywood pair adoringly known as Shawmila nowadays, the stars haven't always been a romantic pair, but they have always been a musical one. In November 2015, the two first took the airwaves together on "I Know What You Did Last Summer," where feelings first began.
"During 'I Know What You Did Last Summer,' I really bonded with him as more than a friend. I think he did, too, but we were both really young, and he was experiencing the pressures of his career. I don't think we knew what to do with those feelings," she recently recalled to Rolling Stone. "It was this awkward thing where we both liked each other, but we weren't together. It was just weird. An energy was there from the beginning, but after that song, we didn't spend as much time together. Our paths just didn't cross in that way romantically until we started hanging out again and writing. For me, it just brought it back."
Four years later, they finally reunited musically on the 2019 track, "Señorita." "It took me 10 months to convince Camila to sing this with me," Mendes revealed to V magazine. "This is true. My fans are just absolutely gonna hate me now," Cabello confirmed. "They're like, 'She's so stupid.' Honestly, it just takes the right time for things to happen, I feel. You know?"
The same could be said of the romance that was brewing behind the scenes.
"The timing wasn't right before but it is right right now," a source told E! News in July. "They are going for it without holding back. This step in their relationship is exciting for them both. They haven't wanted to be apart at all. It's 24/7 and all out at this point."
And, as she shared with E! News, "Señorita" played a part in bringing them back together.
"I love him with all my heart and always have. We've known each other for a really long time," she told E! News at Elle's Women in Music event. "We've always been there for each other. I think we drifted just because we weren't hanging out as as much and so, it was just fun to be able to reconnect and hang out again."
Now, following the newly announced 2020 Grammy nominations, the pair have even more to be happy about together thanks to their nod for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. While we wait and see if a joint Grammy win—and a first for both!—becomes part of their love story, revisit their romance in E!'s gallery below!